Bare Blossom’s Blooming Business

When Brisbane lawyer Adriana Woolf, 35, discovered she had an autoimmune condition and needed to limit the amount of toxins and chemicals she used on her skin, due to the increased risk to her organs, her entrepreneurial instincts kicked in.

A huge make-up lover, Adriana (pictured) set to work researching make-up ranges on the market and, unable to find a complete range that was low-toxin and chemical-free, she decided to make her own. She launched her natural mineral makeup and cosmetics company, Bare Blossom, in March 2013 after recognising a gap in the market for pregnancy-safe and vegan cosmetics like hers.

Related: Do You Need To Revamp Your Skincare This Summer?

“Apart from having an endless array of make-up on hand, the best thing about running Bare Blossom is knowing that I am giving people a healthier alternative to what is on the market,” Adriana says.

“My mission has become educating the world about toxins in make-up and cosmetics and providing an alternative. I get extreme joy when Bare Blossom receives an email thanking us for providing a quality, toxin-free make-up line suitable for everyone from pregnant women to those with sensitive skin and autoimmune diseases. They are so happy that they can use make-up again.”

Now, with Bare Blossom ambassador, Miss World Queensland and model/presenter and producer Hailey Wilson (pictured) at the helm, Bare Blossom is a triumph of hard work and passion.

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With degrees in both psychology and law, Adriana works as a lawyer alongside her husband Shawn at their Brisbane law firm. Somehow, the busy businesswoman also finds time to run Bare Blossom, a small, family-run business, which is seeing healthy sales in its first year of trade.

With repeat customers from as far away as New Zealand and the UK, Adriana is dreaming big, with expansion plans in place for national and international stockists. After being diagnosed with secondary Raynaud’s which is why she must wear gloves and a connective tissue disorder, Adriana’s new business venture made her more aware of her health. “It has made me more aware the importance of looking after yourself and your body. I think it’s important that this translates into all aspects of our life, including cosmetics and make-up,” she says.

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“With an autoimmune illness, you have to deal with episodes (called flares) of being well and not being well – basically your body attacks you from the inside out.

“The hardest thing about this is constantly having to pay attention to your body and notice the early warning signs. If you don’t you end up having a flare that lasts for months at a time, which is exhausting.

“I find that extended periods of stress, not exercising and eating the “wrong” foods (specifically gluten and casein) will set my autoimmune system into overdrive. The main symptoms which I personally experience are joint pain, pins and needles and numbness in my hands and feet, as well as swelling of my fingers and feet. I also get psoriasis on my elbows, which I cover up with Bare Blossom!

“I think having a background in psychology has given me the understanding of the mental and emotional effects of not making time for your health and wellness.”

And in case you’re wondering what Adriana’s favourite Bare Blossom products are, she says she can’t live without the Mineral Foundation Powder, which has SPF15 and is gluten-free and vegan; Mineral Mascara, which has a rich colour and is long-lasting; and Mineral Lipstick, which gives lips a luscious feeling and glides on smoothly.

Bare Blossom beauty products do not contain any animal products or derivatives and common cosmetic nasties such as: bismuth oxychloride, ferric ferrocyanide, harsh chemicals, parabens, talc and more.

Visit www.bareblossom.com.au for more information and to order online.

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October 15, 2014

Do You Need To Revamp Your Skincare This Summer?

Are you stuck in a skincare rut? If you’re a fan of natural skincare, the Ayurda Ayurvedic Skin Care range is definitely worth a try. I’m a hard taskmaster when it comes to my skin – I’m very choosy about my skincare regime given I have very fine, pale “English” type sensitive skin prone to redness and the odd blemish.

I favour a big-brand beauty range, but had just run out of my favourite, expensive moisturiser when I was kindly offered the chance to try Ayurda. It was perfect timing and I thought: “Live a little, Carrington – try something new.” And I’m really glad I did – I’m loving Ayurda’s pure skincare products which are formulated with all-natural and organic ingredients to create “nutrition for the skin”.

Ayurda is a Sanskrit name which translates to “bestower of longevity” – this resonates perfectly with the brand’s holistic approach to beauty. Incorporating the wisdom of the ayurvedic philosophy – an ancient system of life (ayur) knowledge (veda) arising in India thousands of years ago – Ayurda recognises that everyone is unique; what works for one person may not necessarily work for another.

So, the first step is take a skin quiz here: http://au.ayurda.com/au/know-your-skin.htm to see what type of skin you have and how the Ayurveda principles can help fix any pesky problems. Ayurda links its beauty to well-being. Its customised approach ensures your skin care has a balancing effect on your face and skin.

I’m a Pitta skin type, governed by a fire and water element. Pitta is said to control digestion, metabolism and transformation. Those with a predominance of the Pitta dosha have a fiery nature that manifests in both body and mind. In perfect health or in balance, I will have lustrous complexion with soft, fair skin, perfect digestion, abundant energy, and a strong appetite. When out of balance, my skin may be oily or become prone to skin rashes, eczema, acne, rosacea, skin sensitivity and redness, or I may develop burning sensations, peptic ulcers, excessive body heat, heartburn and/or indigestion. Guilty as charged! This is unbelievably accurate for a five-minute quiz.

But back to the skincare, I’m trialling the 21-day Pitta Balance program, $199 (pictured above). This includes four x 30ml bottles, including a customised cleanser, toner, moisturizer and night cream.

“Our Balance skincare programme will leave your skin feeling refined and repaired while enhancing your natural beauty from within,” says the blurb.

I have a Cucumber and Basil Cleanser to gently remove impurities while cooling the skin; Blackberry Astringent Lotion to soothe inflammation and help absorption; Almond and Saffron Moisturiser to soften skin; and Magic Touch, a skin beautifying formula which can be used as a spot cream or night treatment to calm and clear skin blemishes.

I’m also fortunate enough to have a sample-size Sparkle Eye Cream, which is a moisturiser for skin around the eyes, with cooling rose and red sandalwood to add sparkle, while turmeric and sariva are said to brighten the skin. In addition, I have a sample size Gel Scrub which gently exfoliates dead skin cells.

I like all the products a lot; it’s almost a week since I’ve started using them and my skin feels soft and dewy, with no breakouts. My favourites are the Sparkle Eye Cream and the Almond and Saffron Moisturiser (pictured below). The latter is loaded with nature’s best skin food – almonds – and the enriched moisturiser is said to soften and rejuvenate the skin by increasing blood circulation to the capillaries.

So, what’s best about Ayurda? Each and every blend is said to be handcrafted in small batches to maintain integrity and freshness. All essential oils and raw materials are the highest grade possible. There’s no artificial colours, phthalates, parabens, or synthetic fillers (like fragrance), which means no harsh ingredients that strip the skin. Check it out! Visit http://au.ayurda.com.

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August 26, 2014